Monday, April 13, 2015

FQG Presents "Symphony of Spring 2015"

Our FQG Quilt Show, Symphony of Spring is ready to roll! We hope you will come and join us for a wonderful display of our work. There is a good variety of quilted works to see - traditional, modern, art quilts, hand quilted, machine quilted, you name it! There are Challenge pieces, some pieces from workshops, and many individual projects. There are three vendors on site, Country Crafts and Curtains, Lansdown Studio and River Gallery. As well, you will drive right by a local shop, The Christmas Crab Quiltery,  at 572 New Maryland Highway and she will have 25% off during our  Show, so be sure and stop in there too. Watch for her sandwich board at roadside. There will be light refreshments at the show, in case you need extra energy for more shopping or viewing!   :)

DIRECTIONS to find our Show:

If you are approaching Fredericton from the east (Saint John, Sussex, Moncton, N.S.) on the TCH, do not take Exit 294 to Fredericton, but stay on highway as if heading west to Edmundston. Take Exit 285A to New Maryland. At stop sign, turn right and proceed south along Rte. 101 for 4.4km to the New Maryland Centre (754 New Maryland Highway.) You will know you are almost there when the highway takes a big curve to the left- at this point you will stay straight, and the NMC is immediately on your right, just behind the ball field.

If you are approaching Fredericton from the west (Woodstock, Grand Falls, etc.) on the TCH, do not take Exit 280 to Fredericton, but stay on the highway as if heading to Saint John/Moncton. Take Exit 285A-B to New Maryland. At stop sign, turn right and proceed south along Rte. 101 for 4.1km to the New Maryland Centre (754 New Maryland Highway.) You will know you are almost there when the highway takes a big curve to the left- at this point you will stay straight, and the NMC is immediately on your right, just behind the ball field.

If you are approaching Fredericton on Route 8 from Miramichi, the new "Marysville Bypass" brings you out very close to the Princess Margaret Bridge. Proceed across the Princess Margaret Bridge and up the hill, then take the Regent Street exit. At lights turn left towards New Maryland. Proceed straight out Regent Street passing the Regent Mall and Costco. You will be on Rte. 101 heading south. The New Maryland Centre is 6.9 km from the Regent Mall. You will know you are almost there when the highway takes a big curve to the left- at this point you will stay straight, and the NMC is immediately on your right, just behind the ball field.

If you are in the city of Fredericton, proceed up Regent Street passing the Regent Mall and Costco. You will be on Rte. 101 heading south. The New Maryland Centre is 6.9 km from the Regent Mall. You will know you are almost there when the highway takes a big curve to the left- at this point you will stay straight, and the NMC is immediately on your right, just behind the ball field.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Looking for an Iron?

This is our first "Guest Post" written by Lee, our newsletter Editor. If you would like to write a Guest Post on a topic that would be of interest to our membership, please let me know. I welcome all submissions. Thanks Lee!

Someone mentioned they were thinking of buying a new iron.  I thought I'd add my observations to their decision process.
This morning I decided to go back to my old Black and Decker iron - no auto shutoff (gasp! yes it's that old) - that I had retired but not turfed.  I retired it because it had left a steam stain on something and I didn't want to risk my husband ironing a shirt in a hurry (which occurs once in a blue moon) and having this happen to him.  For a long time, I used it dry with a spray bottle handy whenever I wanted to steam something, but he must have done that blue moon thing again and I felt bad that there had been risk involved!
Anyway, I bought a Sunbeam Steam Master, a not cheap but not expensive model.  At the time, it seemed the right weight and size. When I first started using it, I realized that what I missed most of all was the sharply angled point of my Black and Decker - I could nudge that point into little pieced spots.  I now had a more rounded point that was okay but not the tool the other had been.  This style of point is probably gone from all makes now, I bet, because it looks less graceful and flow-y than what they now sell.
Comparing them today, my biggest realization is that the Sunbeam has a lot less flat surface to touch my pieced work because it has so many steam holes.  (Possibly the name "Steam Master" should have been a clue?!)  My old Black and Decker just has an outside V line of holes, giving me a nice large flat surface to press my blocks. If you are in the market for an iron, I suggest you consider how you will use it and choose a weight, shape and faceplate that works for you.
Since piecing is the main use of an iron in my house, with steam pressing clothing being a very small percentage activity, the new iron is going into the closet and the old one is returning to duty, but now with a label for my husband that says "no steam allowed". Hopefully he'll remember there is a steam iron in the cupboard!
~ Lee M.

Monday, March 30, 2015

NB Contemporary Quilt Award

Please Note: The Entry Deadline for this Award is Monday April 6, 2015.

New Brunswick Contemporary Quilt Award

The Marco Polo Quilters Guild and the New Brunswick Museum are proud to present the biennial, juried New Brunswick Contemporary Quilt Award (NBCQA).

The award winning quilt will be purchased for the permanent collection of the New Brunswick Museum. 
The award was conceived by Kathy Coffin, a member of the Marco Polo Quilters Guild, who generously donated funds raised by the sales of her original appliqué pattern of the Purple Violet, a beautiful design depicting our provincial flower.
The purpose of the NBCQA is to ensure that quilts made after 1960 in New Brunswick are represented the New Brunswick Museum’s collection.  In the past 50 years or so, there have been major changes in quilt-making tools as well as in the methods used for making quilts.  Some quilts have moved off beds onto walls and, with this expansion in their use, different styles of quilts have developed.  Ultimately, if it is to tell the most complete story, the New Brunswick Museum’s quilt collection must include examples of what has been happening in quilt-making in New Brunswick since 1960.  

The following criteria will be considered as part of the selection process:
        * The quilt must have been made since 1960.
        * The quilter is a resident of New Brunswick.
        * The quilter is a member of a New Brunswick quilt guild.
       * Workmanship will be reviewed closely.
Submission procedures:
       * Deadline for Submissions: Monday April 6, 2015
       * Submissions are restricted to three pieces per quilter.
       *  Initial selection will be made from photographs.  Two photographs of each piece must be submitted: an overall view and a view of details.

Quilters are urged to submit pieces of all sizes and approaches.
       * Please include an artist’s statement, which might also include the story behind the quilt and any other pertinent information that may be of interest to the jury.
       * The jury will choose up to three submissions as finalists. Quilters will be notified by telephone to arrange delivery of selected quilts to the jury.
       * The NBCQA winner will be announced and the award presented at the Gala Opening of the Marco Polo Quilt Fair.
       * The jury reserves the right to hang the winning quilt at the Marco Polo Quilt Fair.
       * The other finalists’ quilts will be awarded Honourable Mention at the Marco Polo Quilt Fair Gala and at the jury’s discretion may be displayed also. 

 Jury Procedures:
       * The jury will consist of five members selected by the Marco Polo Quilters Guild and the New Brunswick Museum.
       * The jury reserves  the right to approach quilters and encourage their submissions in order to increase the array of submissions
       * Depending on submissions and funding, the jury reserves the right to present more than one award.
       * All jury decisions are final.
Submissions should be addressed to: New Brunswick Contemporary Quilt Award, New Brunswick Museum, 277 Douglas Avenue, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2K 5L6

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tip Time

Following are a number of tips shared by our members at our monthly meetings. I will add to this list each month with the most recent tips at the top of the list. This list is by no means complete... if you gave a Tip this year at one of our meetings, could you please get in touch with me so I can add it here.
You can easily access this post at any time by clicking on "Tip Time" on the sidebar.

* The soft foam "toe separators" for doing your own pedicure are perfect for holding a few bobbins if you are going to a workshop or class, and don't need to take your entire bobbin collection. You can find these at the Dollar Store. ~ Susan D.

* Recycling is smart these days, we throw away so much plastic! I try to re-purpose as much plastic as I can.
Fererro Rocher containers: the 200g. size are the perfect size to hold 2" and 2.5" squares (or rectangles) that you may be cutting for a scrap project. They take up very little room at the back of my cutting table.

 The larger size (8.5" square) is great for holding balls of perle cottons (nicely contained, well fitting lid, easy to stack and see through so you know what you have.)

The little plastic "tables" from a take-out pizza box make handy bobbin holders when turned upside down. I sometimes use a lighter weight thread and want to keep those bobbins separate from my normal bobbins, as it's difficult to tell just by looking at them that they are "different", so stacking them on these little holders works well, I know at a glance that those are my finer threads for Miniatures. ~ Linda H.

* Temporary Sleeve.  If you are planning to put a sleeve on a bed quilt for our upcoming show, you might want to consider a temporary sleeve, if you had planned to remove it after the show. This method is quicker to do and easier to remove after as well. Prepare your sleeve as usual - cut a strip of fabric 12.5" wide by the width of your quilt minus an inch or two. "Hem" the ends by folding in 1/4" twice, press and stitch- this finishes the ends nicely and assures your sleeve will be just a bit shorter than the width of your quilt. Now fold the sleeve right sides together and stitch the long seam. Press seam open and turn sleeve right side out. Pin sleeve to wrong side of quilt across the top edge, assuring the top edge of your sleeve lies just above where your binding meets the backing (but not so far up as to show on the right side of quilt.) Now turn to the right side and, by machine, stitch in the ditch between binding and quilt with clear monofilament thread (or thread to match quilt top) and a stitch length of about 3-4 (8-10 stitches per inch). This secures the top edge of the sleeve, and now you only have to hand-stitch the sleeve's bottom edge across to secure it.
~ Sue R.

* The super dooper sticky rollers (which are washable to restore their stickiness) are wonderful for removing threads, pet hair, etc. from quilts as well as your clothes. Wash them with Blue Dove liquid dish soap to restore their stickiness.
 ~ Linda H.

* There are small pads of 1/4" graph paper on the market now, they measure 4" x 6" - great to have in your purse when you're out and about and see inspiration for a quilt block. It is so much easier to sketch it out on graph paper. I got mine at Targets, but they are no doubt available elsewhere. Mine were two pads in a pkg. for about $5.00. ~ Linda H.

* Recycling. If you are cutting up scraps into squares, rectangles or other particular sizes/shapes, they can be stored in plastic salad greens "bins". These are "free" storage units - once you've had your salad, just  rinse out, let dry and they are ready to re-purpose in your sewing space. You can sort by color, size, or shape.
~ Lois M.

* Mitred Corners.  Most of the time we use mitred corners to finish edges on projects such as tablecloths, with the mitre on the underside.  But if we use the mitre on the top and insert another fabric or fabric/batting combination, we get another version of this technique.  A one metre cut of nursery print, with wide borders and mitred corners, is the perfect backdrop for a piece of Minkie tucked under the borders.  Top stitch the inner edge of the border and you have a quick baby blanket that is soft and cozy. This method is also an alternative to binding placemats and is great for co-ordinating fabrics.
~ Jeanne Kaye S.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Meeting Follow-up, Updates and Other Good Stuff!

Tomorrow is the "official" first day of spring.. let's hope we see these soon.
Wasn't our meeting this week great? So much good info given by our three presenters. A big Thank You to Gwenda M., Jean K. and  Trudy C. for a wonderful talk on quilting - long arm, machine and hand quilting. Lots of good info and tips for everyone!

Here are a few "follow up" items from Tuesday night:

It was mentioned that we might have some workshops with Elaine Quehl if there is sufficient interest. Click here for a link to her website if you'd like to have a look at her work and review her list of class offerings. Give it some thought.

Do you listen to Podcasts? I have just recently found one podcaster I thought you might like to check out as well. Brandy Lynn Maslowski does a weekly podcast called Canadian Quilt Talk and currently there are 74 episodes. Topics range from inspiration, techniques, ergonomics, and planning your studio to interviews with well known quilters such as Ricky Tims, and Canadians Kathy Bissett, Ionne McCauley, Daphne Greig and Monica Kinnear-Whalen, among others.  Episode 58 features Elaine Quehl, and Episode 40 features Leah Day, who Jean K spoke about (the binder she showed with all the free motion designs is Leah's.) So check Brandy out! Download a few of her podcasts for when you have a long drive, your daily walks or time in your studio. I bet you'll like them as much as I do! Click here.

Here is the link to Leah Day's website:   Check out all her Free Motion designs and Youtube tutorials. She is one talented young lady!

And some Updates:

March is National Quilting Month, and this Saturday, March 21, is National Quilting Day!! So be sure you plan some time in your studio space to celebrate!! If you are not familiar with The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, this is a good weekend to check it out. To celebrate International Quilting Weekend, ALL shows are FREE to everyone this weekend! You can watch as many as you have time for. What a wonderful resource and a wealth of information. Be sure to take some time to check it out. You won't regret it.  Click here.

 We've heard some wonderful tips at our meetings lately. I am starting a list here on the blog, and there will be a link on the sidebar to quickly and easily take you to the list. I will add to it each month with the most recent tips at the top. If you have given a tip this year, please remind me of it as I cannot remember them all, and we want the list as complete as possible! You know how to reach me: leave a comment here, send me an email or give me a jingle on the telly  :)  I'll post the Tip Time List next week, but it will be an ongoing growing "work in progress"....

Lastly, I have added a "Subscribe by Email" button to our blog. You will see it on the right at the very top. If you add your email address in the box and hit "Submit", you will receive an email each time there is a new post here on the FQG Blog. That way you won't miss anything. No one will be able to see your email address (not even me!) and it will not be given out to anyone, no worries. Just another service to our members!   :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Did you know that March is National Quilting Month? And this coming Saturday, March 21 is National Quilting DAY? I hope you are celebrating in fine style. Are you working on a special project? Or perhaps finishing up something wonderful for our upcoming Show? Whatever your project I hope you're having lots of fun with it. Perhaps we'll see it at Show and Tell?

Speaking of our Show, have you sent in your Entry Form(s) yet? We are waiting...... It's very difficult to plan a Show when we don't know what we're going to have to display, so please get your entries in to Kathy T. as soon as possible. It will really help out the Committee.

Our March meeting is March 17 - St. Patrick's Day.  Maybe we'll be visited by a leprechaun or two...? Don't forget your Show and Tell items, library books, nametags, and chequebook if you plan to sign up for a workshop. See you there. Will you be wearin' the green?

Last month's meeting was very informative, and lots of good tips were passed on. We all enjoyed JoAnn's presentation on what's new on the market and at The Christmas Crab Quiltery. (Ladies, if you haven't used your coupon yet, it expires this week. Just sayin'.) If you recall the discussion on the wonders of Blue Dawn (the answer for returning your washable sticky roller to its ultimate super-stickiness) you might find the following link useful. Click on it for 20 more uses of Blue Dawn  around the home:

And, to end with a chuckle, here's one more use for Dawn. Let us know if you try this and it works...

DO NOT wash your hair in the shower!
It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!!! IT  INVOLVES THE SHAMPOO: IT RUNS DOWN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU SHOWER WITH IT.
I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner! I use shampoo in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning,"FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME."
No wonder I have been gaining weight!
Well! I got rid of that shampoo and I am going to start showering with Dawn Dishwashing Soap. Its label reads, "DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE." Problem solved!
If I don't answer the phone, I'll be in the shower!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Meeting Time Again

Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping warm in this ridiculously COLD weather! Are you all wrapped up in quilts?! My studio is on the northwest end of the house, and with most of the walls being exterior walls, well it gets pretty cool in there. But I do have a space heater, and once the track lights are on for a while, it gets cozy... did I mention the space heater? We're becoming  very close friends, he and I.... I guess there's one thing this cold weather is good for... making more quilts!!

Tonight is our February meeting, hope to see a good turnout there for a presentation by JoAnn of our local quilt shop, the Christmas Crab Quiltery. Jo will be bringing in some of her newest fabrics, notions and gadgets.. well let's just say you should bring along a few dollars, as you know you'll want to do some shopping!!

Today is the last day for Early Bird registrations for our upcoming Quilt Show...get those in to Kathy T.
Today is also Fat Tuesday... hmmm... for a quilter I think that means we should be sewing with Fat Quarters today...  What have you made with Fat Quarters lately?

Don't forget to wear your nametag, return library books and bring your Show and Tell items tonight. With all this winter weather keeping us in our sewing spaces, there should be LOTS of Show and Tell!!

Belated Happy Valentines Day to all...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Local Quilt Shop Day and Shows to visit..

Today, Saturday January 24th is National Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day! So c'mon ladies- get
out of your studios and drop by one of our local shops to see what's new, what's on sale, and just what's happening!! We have to support our local shops if we want them to be there for us when we need something...  Maybe I'll see you there!
I recently attended the World Quilt Show - Florida VI in West Palm Beach. 19 shows under one roof. Yes, you read that correctly - nineteen shows! I am posting photos of some of my favourites on my blog Stitch Lines; you can check it out here.
Albuquerque New Mexico recently hosted AQS Quilt Week and you can check out the winning quilts by clicking here. Just click on each image for a larger view. There's some real eye candy there! Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Meeting

Where does the time go? Here it is mid January and time for the first meeting of a new year! I hope you all have taken a moment to fill out the survey question which was emailed to members a few days ago. Our January workshop is upcoming- tonight will be your last chance to see the project and sign up. Susan will be teaching Diamond Delight this coming  Saturday, Jan. 24th.
See you tonight- don't forget to wear your nametag, bring a mug and of course your Show and Tell items and any library books you have borrowed.